Gavin at War; Guderian 1941

Being there . . . . to be introduced to one of the most gifted American military minds of World
War II, that of legendary Lieutenant General James Gavin, commander of the 82Airborne
Division. It can be said without reservation or qualification that if the War History of the 20 th
was forced to select its five most brilliant-creative thinkers, Jim’s name would shine even
brighter among them. On the other side, such high praise was reserved for General
(Generaloberst) Heinz Guderian, commander of the Second Panzer Group/ Army which carved
a seemingly inexorable swath across Soviet-annexed Poland, Belorussia-Ukraine (Soviet Socialist
Republics), satisfactorily solving a myriad of factors affecting battlefield success. Every WWII
buff of the Eastern Front war recognized active combat operations involving a fluctuating mix of
mobile, foot, and horse-bound formations was intricate – – the job of a subordinate. But
Guderian insisted on handling the complicated task. After all he was commander-in-chief of his
army units in their designated areas. And Lieutenant General James Gavin? Beginning as the
commander of the 505 th Parachute Combat Team that spearheaded the American assault on
Sicily in July 1943, Gavin advanced to division command and finally command of U.S. forces in
Berlin.
CASEMATE PUBLISHERS PROUDLY ANNOUNCE TWO NEW BIOGRAPHIES OF THE MORE
FAMOUS, MOST RESPECTED LEADERS OF WORLD WAR II, LIEUTENANT GENERAL JAMES M.
GAVIN AND GENERALOBERST HEINZ GUDERIAN, ONE ALLIED, THE OTHER HITLER’S PRIZE TANK
DESTROYER COMMANDER. WWII BUFFS WOULD BE ECSTATIC TO RECEIVE THEM AS A ONE
PACKAGE GIFT!
Reviewed and Highly Recommended by Don DeNevi
“GAVIN AT WAR – – The World War II Diary of Lieutenant General James M. Gavin – – Edited and
Annotated by Lewis Sorley. Casemate Publishers, Philadelphia: 208 pages, 6 ¼” x 9 ¼”,
hardcover, $34.95. Visit, www.casematepublishers.com.
“GUDERIAN 1941 – – The Barbarossa Campaign”, by David R. Higgins. Casemate Publishers: 271
pages, 6 ½ “x 9 ½”, hardcover, $37.95. Visit, www.casematepublishers.com.
Heinz Guderian, who wrote his memoirs in 1952, “Panzer Leader”, and lived until 1954, was
an active exponent of the Blitzkrieg theory who created whole panzer armies which overran
Poland in 1939 and France in 1940. He commanded the 2 nd Panzer Group in Army Group North
under Field Marshal Fedor von Bock who was later was dismissed by Hitler by failing to capture
Moscow in 1942. Meanwhile, Guderian was recalled to Berlin for also failing to take Moscow,
although later he was promoted Chief of the General Staff. He was not implicated in the plot to
kill, Hitler, but was returned to the Eastern Front to stop the avalanche of Russian T-34s roaring
to capture Hitler, if possible.

Of course, praise for this book has been far ranging, arriving from a vast multitude of military
men, in particular. Perhaps, the best of them all was written by Daniel P. Bolger, Lieutenant
General, U.S. Army (Retired) and author of the “Panzer Killers”. He wrote, “Airborne All the
Way!” That was Jim’s ethos when he commanded the 82 nd Airborne Division during the
toughest battles of WWII. For years, many wondered about the man behind the legend. What
made this airborne leader who he was? Now we know the answer in the general’s own words,
courtesy of Jim’s newly revealed wartime diary. Acclaimed historian Lewis A Sorley, III, has
masterfully edited this unique look into the mind of one of America’s greatest combat
commanders.”

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